Introducing Our Top 3

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We are happy to announce our Top 3 finalists who will be going to Chicago to compete for the title of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Season 4!

It’s been an incredible 10 weeks. The best nail artists from around the globe have come together to face off for a shot at the biggest title in the nail industry. Each week we lost a talented competitor as we inched our way toward the three finalists. In the end there were two nail techs left standing: Australia’s Jonny Diep Pham and Holland’s Tracey Lee. Liina Leino of Finland and Tracy Vinson of Virginia competed against each other in the CND Last Chance Design Lab to determine who would get the final spot in the top.

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Avant-Garde Acrylic: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

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Congratulations to Jonny Diep Pham for winning this week’s challenge! Jonny’s futuristic French was right on-point.

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Avant-Garde Acrylic: The Top 3

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Challenge 10 sponsored by EzFlow asked our Top 3 to create avant-garde acrylic nail art using only the colors pink, black, and white. This week’s guest judge was Sara Pollock of EzFlow.

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Week 10: Avant-Garde Acrylic

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This week is all about innovation. Judges are asking for an avant-garde French tip-inspired set on two actual hands using only acrylic powders and only the colors pink, white, and black (that includes embellishments). Contestants were asked to include a 5-7 minute video diary that shows how their look came to life, along with written details about their inspiration and process. We posted all the entries on the Week 10 challenge page.

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Paint the Town: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

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Congratulations to Tracey Lee for winning this week’s challenge! Tracey’s colorful shopping center was truly outside of the box.

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Paint the Town: The Top 2 and the Bottom 2

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Challenge 9, sponsored by Bio Seaweed Gel asked our Top 4 to recreate their favorite neighborhood on 10 nail tips. The design had to be made using gels and gel-polish and had to contain 3-D elements. Embellishments were also allowed. Contestants had to upload a tutorial to Nail Art Gallery to show how they made their set. This week’s guest judge was Hellen Luu of Bio Seaweed Gel.

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Week 9: Paint the Town

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This week is all about celebrating the ‘hood. Whether you were born there, moved there, or love it there, an inspiring neighborhood is what each of the Top 4 created, along with a description of why the place is so meaningful to them. The design should be on 10 nail tips of any size and must be created with gels and gel-polish (no acrylic or acrylic paint). 3-D elements are also required and embellishments may be used. We posted all the entries on the Week 9 challenge page.

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Scream Queens: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

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Congratulations to Tracey Lee for winning this week’s challenge! Tracey’s ingeniously ominous razor nails are the newest must-haves for Scream Queens everywhere.

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Scream Queens: The Top 2 and the Bottom 2

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Challenge 8, sponsored by ibd asked our Top 5 to create a set of nails both ghoulish and glam, a look to be coveted by any self-respecting Scream Queen. The design needed to be on an actual hand using hard gel and gel-polish only. Contestants were asked to include a 3-5 minute video diary that shows how their creepy look came to life, along with a 300 word write up providing more gory details. This week’s guest judge was Nancy Hinojosa of ibd.

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Week 8: Scream Queens

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This week we scream for nails that would feel right at home for Halloween. Judges are asking for a design on an actual hand using hard gel and gel-polish only. Contestants were asked to include a 3-5 minute video diary that shows how their look came to life, along with written details of how they channeled their to-die-for designs. We posted all the entries on the Week 8 challenge page.

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